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Ensure Social Security benefits deposit to the right account(s)
Starting Jan. 3, 2013, changes made by the Social Security Administration could affect the direct deposit of benefits into your Columbia account(s). This may result in your benefits not being distributed into the Columbia account(s) you've specified. If your benefits are affected, speak with a representative or simply log in to online banking to transfer funds to your preferred account(s).
Shopper wins $1,000 in Holiday Cash Giveaway
Our Holiday Shopping Cash Giveaway offered a chance to win $,1000 for every purchase of $25 or more made with a Columbia Visa credit card from Nov. 23 through Dec. 24. Congratulations to our winner, Abby Rowland!
Define your inner investor
If you've put off planning for your retirement years, the New Year is a great time to make a new commitment. Before you begin, take a few moments to think about your goals and identify the kind of investor you want to be.
Keep your computer's security up-to-date
Make sure your antivirus and computer security software are up-to-date to help protect your computer from the latest scams and attacks. Antivirus products prevent, detect and remove malware from your computer. Computer security software suites offer comprehensive protection in one package and can include protection such as a firewall or an anti-spam filter.
Celebrating 60 years of service
Columbia Credit Union was founded under the principle of "People helping people" when we began making life better for members in 1952. As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary into 2013, we continue to look for ways to make life better for our members and the communities we serve. In his annual message, President and CEO Steve Kenny shares our financial performance, product innovations and community service milestones that helped shape Columbia's success in 2012.
Don Renfro wins cell payments
You may recall our Member Appreciation celebration in October included a chance to win cell phone payments for one year with enrollment in Columbia FREE mobile banking. We're happy to announce our winner - Don Renfro!
Jennifer Wesner wins Black Friday Cash!
Our Black Friday Shopping giveaway offered a chance to win $500 cash for every purchase made with your Columbia Visa debit card on Black Friday. Lucky member, Jennifer Wesner shopped and swiped her way to winning!
Refinance and save with RetireIt!
If you're looking forward to the day when you can finally "retire" your high-rate home loan, let us help! Refinance your mortgage to the great terms and rates as low as 2.99% APR in our RetireIt! Mortgage You'll save thousands over the life of your loan to start retirement mortgage free! Apply today!
Deck the malls and earn rewards with Columbia Visa®
Be sure to use your Columbia Platinum Preferred Visa credit card for all your purchases this holiday season. Whether you shop locally or hit the online sales, you'll enjoy competitive rates, pay nothing on purchases and balance transfers for the first six months and earn one point for every dollar spent toward terrific merchandise, travel or experience rewards. Apply today!
Grab some green on Black Friday
If you're too stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner to shop the sales on Black Friday, stay home to shop online and earn cash back! By shopping through Invest in America's ShopAmerica program, Columbia members can earn up to five percent cash back on Black Friday shopping at over 1,200 online retailers. Plus, members can also save 10 percent with Sprint and up to 30 percent with Dell. Just visit www.lovemycreditunion.org to take advantage of this FREE program available exclusively for credit union members.
Get in the habit of college savings
When it comes to saving for college, starting early and contributing often is the key to a successful strategy. The earlier you start, the more you can contribute and the more your savings can grow - thanks to the power of compounding interest. Plus, frequent contributions can help you stay on track to reaching your higher education goals.
Begin retirement mortgage free with new RetireIt! MortgageSM
Pay off your mortgage quickly and save thousands of dollars in interest with the new RetireIt! Mortgage from Columbia. Enjoy rates as low as 2.99% APR and only $500 in closing costs to help you pay down your home loan fast! Entering retirement mortgage free will help you make the most of your retirement income.
New! Mobile alerts are here
Automatically track your Columbia accounts when you're on the go with FREE mobile alerts. Mobile alerts are a feature of our FREE¹ mobile banking and allow you to receive a text when account activity exceeds your set limits.
Coming soon: A new Online Banking experience and Debit Cash Rewards
Our new online banking home page will give you access to all your accounts, transactions and financial management tools – all from one convenient location! Plus, get cash back for purchases with Columbia's new Debit Cash Back program.
Big news! Members earn promotional dollars from Sprint
As a member of Columbia, you are eligible to save 10% on your monthly Sprint service plan. And now through July 31, 2012, Sprint is offering credit union members who use Sprint a $50 Visa Prepaid Card for referring other members. Not a Sprint customer? Members who transfer from another provider can earn a $50 service credit per line.
Congratulations to our Recycled Arts Festival potting bench winner!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2012 Recycled Arts Festival. Congratulations to our winner Pamela Brothers!
Discounted Clark County Fair tickets available!
Now through the July 30th, stop by one of our 12 convenient locations to get your tickets to the Clark County Fair!
Turning trash to treasure at the Recycled Arts Festival
Each year, about 24.7 percent of Clark County's waste needlessly enters local landfills, according to Clark County Environmental Services. That translates roughly into 63,800 tons in 2011! Changing our definition of waste is one way to reduce Clark County's environmental footprint, and that's exactly the focus of the Seventh Annual Recycled Arts Festival.
Keep up retirement savings when market is down
With all the volatility in the market lately, you might be thinking about changing your 401(k) savings strategy. While you may be tempted to pull money out or reduce your contributions, take a moment to reconsider. "When the market swings, it's only natural to want to fix the situation," says Columbia Vice President Wealth Management, Jill Kusmirek. "But a long-term savings strategy offers valuable advantages."
Auto loan refinance puts new career in gear
Columbia Credit Union's motto is "making life better" and that's exactly what we strive to accomplish everyday. Whether we're offering great mortgage values, checking options or retirement solutions, we're working to help members improve their financial lives and occasionally, their professional lives too! This was the case for member Matthew Campbell.
Financial moves make business "cents"
Running your company efficiently is important in today's increasingly competitive business market. Let Columbia's experienced business lending team help your company move forward with moves that make financial "cents" for your business.
Win a trip to the London Olympics!
Sign and win! Each time you sign for purchases with your Columbia Visa Debit card or Columbia Platinum Visa® credit card, you're automatically entered to win a trip for two to the 2012 London Olympic Games! Remember to sign for purchases (instead of using your PIN) through May 31, 2012.